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Thursday, 24 October 2019, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Freedom Song: The Fisk Jubilee Singers Story

Harvey Brough

PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES

A choir of ex-slaves, raising funds to build their University, toured America from 1871, suffering discrimination and hardship. They came to England, were treated with respect and sang to Queen Victoria and Gladstone. Spiritual songs are folk music and belong to us all, but because they came out of such horrific suffering it’s hard to know how to sing them. 

This lecture tells the tale of the singers whose courage and enterprise brought them to the world. The songs they sang include Steal Away to Jesus, Go Down, Moses and Deep River.

Reservations Required

Tickets will be available from 10am on Friday 23rd August

For school bookings, please contact us at enquiries@gresham.ac.uk

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Harvey is a Turner Sims Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. He is the founder of the group Harvey and the Wallbangers. 

Photograph credited to Hannah Barton.

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